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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

January 17, 2008 Council Minutes






JANUARY 17, 2008, 6:00 P.M.    



Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Rich Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 6:00 p.m.  PRESENT:  Mayor Rich Bauer; Council members Doug Borgschatz, Bill Eberhart, Michael Feil, Betty Jo Grothe. Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Community Development Director Dan King, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, City Engineer Bill Angerman, Library Director James Hill, NewsRecord reporter Sandy Hadler, Police Officer Rob Jarrett, Police Officer Gene Leifeld and Brian Haugen.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to adopt the agenda.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe, to approve the regular meeting minutes of January 2, 2008.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to approve the accounts payable of $586,314.66. 

Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:

7-a Lindhart Predevelopment Agreement

The Council was presented with a signed agreement between Jim and Stacy Lindhart and Brian Wichmann.  This agreement would allow the garage issue to be dealt with before the Lindharts develop their lots.  Everything looks good but the storm water easement needs to be decreased from 50’ to 35’.  The Council would like WHKS to look at the storm water easement before they okay any further action.  This item was tabled until WHKS can take a look at the storm water issue.



8-A.  Sale of Forfeited Vehicle

There were two bids submitted for the 1953 Ford.  One was from Terry Lemmerman for $155.00.  The other bid was for $100 from Colin Atkinson.  A third bid was received from Bryce Hinck but it was rejected because it came after the deadline. 


Motion Feil, second Eberhart to sell the 1953 Ford to Terry Lemmerman for $155.

Approved 5-0-0.


8-B.  Police Taser Policy Review

Chief Selness presented the Council with a taser policy for their review.  Feil asked whether the officers could take their tasers home when off-duty.  He questioned whether the officers could use the City issued tasers if they had a moonlighting job.  Chief Selness said since the officers are licensed they can carry weapons off duty.  However, they must request to use them off duty and the request must be approved by the Chief.


Borgschatz had questions about the portion of the policy which talked about the “Advanced Taser Use Report”.  He would like someone, whether it is the City Administrator and Mayor or the Police Committee to review any discharge of weapons.  Council member Eberhart concurred.  The Mayor reminded the Council that there are privacy issues so review by the whole council will be difficult.  The Council will review the policy further. 


8-C.  Set Board of Equalization Meeting (April 9, 2008)

Motion Borgschatz, second Eberhart to set the Board of Equalization meeting for April 9, 2008, to 5:30 p.m.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Brush/Compost Grinding Quote Approval

Two quotes were received for grinding the brush and compost piles.  Kemble Inc. bid $4,800 to grind the brush pile and $300 to grind the compost pile for a total of $5,100.  Dakota Wood-Grinding submitted a bid of $9,157.50 to grind the wood pile and $1,900 to grind the compost pile for a total of $11,057.


Motion Feil, second Borgschatz to approve the grinding bid of $5,100 from Kemble, Inc.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-E.  Town Hall Rental Policy

At the last meeting the Council asked to see the Town Hall rental policy.  There have been questions on who is allowed to rent the building.  Councilmember Feil had concerns regarding the wording about religious groups using the hall.  There were also concerns brought up about not wanting the hall to become a place of commerce.  Administrator Jensen suggested City staff use the Library’s policy as a springboard and come back to the Council at the next meeting with an updated policy.  The issue was tabled until the next meeting.


8-F.  Warren Avenue Plans Review

Bill Angermann of WHKS gave a brief overview on the pending Warren Avenue Improvement project.  The people who live in that area have been notified of the project and their concerns will be addressed.  There are some tree issues which will need to be resolved but overall the residents would like this project done.  Public Works Director Lohmann asked the Council if another meeting should be scheduled with the residents.  Angermann said the plans will be back to Council on February 7 and then bidding will be advertised after that. The project should take into consideration school activities.


8-G.  Set Public Hearing Ponderosa Mobile Home Park Partial Closing

A meeting with the residents of the Ponderosa Mobile Home Park needs be scheduled to address the partial closing of the park.  Eberhart asked if the park owners planned on installing a storm shelter since they took the old one down.  Community Development Director King stated they planned on building a new shelter but he would have the official answer at the next meeting.


Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to set a public hearing for the Ponderosa Mobile Home Park partial closing for February 7 at 6:05 p.m.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Asked the Council for direction regarding City Hall Maintenance.  He would like to hire Karissa Hegseth to do some painting in the City Hall while she is on break from college.  Her pay rate would be $8.00 per hour.  He would also like approval to have someone in to fix the cracks in the walls at City Hall.  He anticipated the cost would be around $2,000. 


Motion Eberhart, second Grothe to start the painting and repair of City Hall Walls.  Approved 5-0-0.


City Accountant Kim Simonson;


Public Works Director Rich Lohmann;

Informed the Council the 1984 snow blower and 1996 Pickup and plow are scheduled to be replaced this year.  He will bring proposals to the Council after he receives bids later in the year.


Community Development Director Dan King;

Reported the EDA has approved a proposal to rent the parking lot south of Hub Food Center to Jenny’s Greenhouse to operate a temporary greenhouse.  The greenhouse would be up from May through June.  He also informed the Council that the EDA would like to have a farmer’s market in town this summer and hopes to have it in conjunction with Music in East Park.  He will be consulting with ZAAC.


City Engineer Bill Angerman;


Police Chief Gary Selness;


City Attorney Matt Rockne;


Mayor Rich Bauer;


Council Member Doug Borgschatz;

Reported he had been at a utility meeting where he found out that if funding is available the Highway 68 project will be done. 


Council Member Bill Eberhart;


Council Member Michael Feil;

Informed the Council that Senator Murphy will be at the February 7th Council meeting.


Council Member BJ Grothe;


Meeting adjourned 6:55 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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